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Chargers walk their way to split with Lions

Chargers walk their way to split with Lions
Chargers walk their way to split with Lions | Dresden Lions, Dale Hutcherson, Westview Chargers, Travis Garner, Martin Recreation Complex, Matt Beaty, Blake Parham, Josh Bone

Watching it in — Dresden Lion Dale Hutcherson (left) and Westview first baseman Travis Garner watch the pitch as it heads toward home plate during the Chargers’ 16-6 home victory on Monday at the Martin Recreation Complex. Photo by Stephanie Stu
The umpire’s yell of “Ball four,” occurred way too frequently when the host Westview Chargers and Dresden Lions hit the diamond Monday at the Martin Recreation Complex.
Dresden pitchers combined to walk 14 and hit four more batters as Westview took a 16-6 win in six innings. Westview pitchers didn’t fare much better. In the win, the WHS mound crew combined to give up five walks and hit five Lions. The victory gave Westview a measure of revenge after the Lions took a 6-5 win over Westview on Friday at Wilson Park in Dresden.
In the Charger win, Lion hurlers struggled to find the strike zone. Westview broke open a close game with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect. In the key inning, the Chargers took advantage of four walks and six base hits. Both Travis Garner and Brent Gilbert drove in two runs with a single and scored in the at-bat. Blake Parham also had a two-run single in the inning, driving in the game-ending runs.Both Gilbert and Nick Shell scored twice in the inning.
It was Dresden which opened the game with momentum, coming off its win on Friday. The first batter of the game set the tone, when WHS starter Adam Garner plunked Lion leadoff man Josh Bone with a pitch. Gatlin Hatchel reached on a smash to first base. Both raced home on Matt Beaty’s double to deep center field for a 2-0 Dresden lead.
The Chargers tied it in the bottom of the first on a hit, two walks and an error. Parham and Max Johnson both scored for Westview.
A three-run home run to left by Josh Bone in the second put Dresden back on top, 5-2. Zack Austin relieved Garner and got the third out to strand two.
DHS starter Colin Kanehl walked Parham, who scored on a bases-loaded walk to Travis Garner in the second for a 5-3 score.
Kanehl got the run back in the third, singling home Hutcherson, who walked.
Westview took control with four runs in the fourth. Two of the runs walked home when batters were hit with the bases loaded as Westview took the lead, 7-6.
Shell relieved Austin with the bases loaded and no outs and worked out of the jam in the sixth before WHS erupted in the home half of the sixth to win, 16-6.
On Friday, the Lions used homers by Daniel Harris and Kanehl to take the 6-5 win. Harris hit a two-run shot in a three-run first inning. Kanehl added the solo dinger for a 4-0 lead on the way to victory.

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